For anyone who has ever dreamed of love, sex, and companionship beyond the limits of traditional monogamy, this groundbreaking guide navigates the infinite possibilities that open relationships can offer. Experienced ethical sluts Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy dispel myths and cover all the skills necessary to maintain a successful and responsible polyamorous lifestyle - from self-reflection and honest communication to practicing safe sex and raising a family. Individuals and their partners will learn how to discuss and honor boundaries, resolve conflicts, and to define relationships on their own terms.
©1994 Celestial Arts (P)2012 Dossie Easton & Janet W. Hardy
"I couldn't stop reading it, and I for one identify as an ethical slut. This is a book for anyone interested in creating more pleasure in their lives...a complete guide to improving any style of relating, from going steady to having an extended family of sexual friends." (Betty Dodson, PhD, author of Sex for One)
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"The Ethical Slut" is an excellent, well written book to learn about different relationship types outside of monogamy while also respecting monogamy.
If you are looking at this book, you are probably curious about the many topics of relationships. You will find a lot of good tips in this book whether monogamous or considering open, polyamory, or more. This book can actually help enforce a lot of positive communication techniques for yourself and your partner(s). At its center, the book is all about honesty and trust which is the building blocks of every relationship.
The book is also extends the idea of what sex really is. If you think you know, listen to the first half of this book and see if you still define it the same way.
The authors read the book and they do an earnest job. The fact that they switch between the authors to accent parts is nice. Also it helps that they both practice what they are explaining so can provide personal experiences, emotions, and really relate the content.
The book gets a few down sides that keeps it from a 5 star.
The book feels it is geared largely to women and couples even though they try to cover all sexualities and relationship types. Single men can get quite a lot but some examples or exercises are difficult to relate to.
Also the second half of the book drags a little and the dual voice use takes a little bit of a hit that kept it moving so well the first half.
Finally, it can almost be an overload of information. You might need a few listens to get the full use of the book.
Overall, for anyone who ever "what ifed" or want to consider a different type of relationship in an open and honest way, this well written and dense book is for you!
highly releatable !
I liked hearing the book in the writers voice. it was great.
Not much more to add since I'm driving. Maybe later - I'm glad I read it and it invokes questions about past relationships and some insecurities that I think I'd be ready to address.
This is an amazing book for anyone and everyone engaging in relationships or exploring sexuality. It provides advice, ideas, guidance, and an incredibly sane, healthy perspective for connecting with others and ourselves, in contrast to a culture that associates shame with so much of that exploration.
I truly enjoyed this book as it was really something I needed right now and spoke to me on a very personal level. I have even recommended it to several other people who I felt should read it. This speaks to everyone of all sexual levels and comforts and helps took and others understand one another, and feeling comfortable in your own skin... to know that it's natural to feel this way.
The open mindedness, sex positive approach, and enthusiasm was enjoyable.
Good solid read, with enough examples to use in everyday life.
Having a younger, more modern adaption would have enhanced my experience. Their performance was good, my extreme reaction was more toward the grandma-like reading from Hardy and Easton - describing hardcore sex acts in detail to 20 and 30 something’s leaves a little bit to be desired.
Hire a much younger staff and make it relevant to our modern time.
I don’t want anyone to misinterpret this review, this book is great! – all the information herein is solid, well delivered, and 100% on point. I have been in a relationship for 8 years where my wife and I love to take women home for 3 way sex, bondage and discipline, top/bottom sex – or whatever you want to call it. This book is specifically geared to relationships like these. Some of the ladies we hook up with end up staying around for a while because it just works - some don’t. This book is very good at looking at the dynamic of relationships like these and also very good at offering advice for this type of situation.My critique lies in the delivery, and approach. No offense to the authors who also speak the audio commentary (read the book to you), but the experience is like having my hippy grandmother tell me very detailed stories about how her and all her old friends used to get it on back in the day. A lot of the material doesn’t translate well to someone who is, say in their 20’s or 30’s; it just doesn’t – I feel our generation is way more open than those of the past. So even though, all the information in the book is absolutely great advise for a kinky relationship or a vanilla relationship. They push good, open values that stress on the importance of communication, it's just weird having it told to you by an older person. So I would suggest this book to everybody – just be ready to have it read to you by a nice old woman who loves to use terms like cunt, cock, & ass fucking.
There are not enough words in the English language to share what this book means to me. To have someone tell me that my life-long feelings are valid; that it is "normal" to love more than one person at a time; that feelings of wanting to see your partner love another - is not strange, it's wonderful!!!!
I am going to listen to this atleast three more times in the near future. This is a great read for so many then just people interested in polyamory. BRAVO!!
This has opened my mind and changed my perspectives. My sincere thanks to the authors and the brave pioneers of open sexuality.
"A wonderful book - and perfect as an audiobook"
Much of the writing is done as if you were being spoken to. So naturally, when narrated as an audiobook, you often are being spoken to directly. A wonderful book and the perfect subject of an audiobook.
Listening to the narrator describe how she fell in love with a woman who at first intimidated her.
I very often laughed out loud in public. Quite embarrassing.
A great book. Even though it may be targetted at women, there is no reason a man cannot enjoy it and glean a great deal of wisdom from it.
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